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School numbers show slippage and some improvement

Percentages for the 2011-12 school year are enclosed in parenthesis in the table above.Canby School District students slipped in math, reading and writing but improved slightly in science in the 2012-13 statewide test results released Sept. 12 by the Oregon Board of Education.

The number of students meeting state standards declined statewide except for high school reading and math. State education officials said although percentages were down, students’ average test scores – often considered a more accurate measure of student learning – remained relatively flat.

The percentage of district students meeting math standards declined from 65.4 percent in 2011-12 to 64.7 percent last year.

Reading success declined from 71.4 percent to 69.80 percent. The percentage of students meeting writing standards declined from 70.2 percent to 68 percent.

District students picked up the pace in science, increasing the success rate to 66 percent from 65.7 percent

Canby District scores fell in grades three, four, five and seven but rose in the sixth, eighth and 11th grades.

The greatest gains were made by the eighth- and 11th-grade students. Both grades upped their success rates in math, reading and science. The 11th graders were also tested in writing and registered a slight decline.

Third and fifth-graders fared the worst. The third-graders slipped in math and reading and the fifth-graders did the same and in science as well.

“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” said Canby School Superintendent John Steach.

“We always strive for improvements, but with the amount of change we’re undertaking right now and the fact we’re not focusing as much on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge & Skills, it’s not surprising.”

“We’ve been working on the new common core state standards including really evaluating our math instruction and our emphasis on our thinking skills,” he said. “A lot of that work I don’t believe is reflected in the OAKS. The tests not necessarily aligned to the new Common Core.”

“We’ve been working on this two three years,” Steach said. “We’re at a crossroad as to where to take this district instruction in the future.

“We haven’t invested in curriculum for over a decade. Just this last spring, we finalized what math curriculum we’re using.

The accompanying table shows how district students fared meeting state education requirements last year.




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